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post #21 of 42
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Kelly, we're renting. We rent through Schmidt Management. They are rather dim-witted but the owner of our home is pretty good. There are tons of homes up here for rent because nothing's really selling right now. Our home's owner is dying for us to make an offer on the house. But until we're sure the market is at the very bottom and DH's job is secure, we rent. And we have a house right on west bay so it's a blast most of the time. I live about 1/2 mile away from Pathfinder in one of the older family homes built in the late 60s that are so plentiful up here.

When we first moved up here, we were positive we were going to live on Old Mission someday. But now we've fallen in love with Leelanau peninsula and we feel so establed here. Our CSA is with Black Star. We love Sutton's Bay and Northport's park. And Sleeping Bear is a 25 minute drive way. Had we just bought instead of renting, I'd be bored out of my mind in a cute little old schoolhouse on OMP, 30 miles from EVERYTHING.

I have encouraged everyone who's ever looked up here since I've known them to rent first because everyone I know thought they wanted to be someplace other than they orginally thought. The friends who bought in Lake Ann are desperately trying to sell their house to get into downtown TC and vice versa for another friend. My friend that would only look on OMP is always in Sutton's Bay, dreaming about life there. There's something about this area that people never expect to fall in love with.
Jennifer3141, I totally agree with you--that's exactly why we want to rent first! We haven't spent much time in TVC at all (other than airport runs and quick stops at Oryana) and want to get to know it first. In the past few years, we've gone through many of the changes you've mentioned. Once upon a time I thought I wanted to settle in some secluded, picturesque place in the woods. But I've since learned that I wouldn't be happy there: the last place we lived (in a wooded area) was WAY too dank and dark (it was never summertime at our house); and the place before that was isolated from other families and town activities. Like you, I need to be near some action and have other kids for ds to play with. Picturesque is great, but I'd rather have other people around and not have to commute to everything.

You've made me even more excited about coming there. Thanks!

Kelly
post #22 of 42
Thanks guys, We would like to buy property to start a small homestead and our own farm business someday. Ideally we would like to find 10-20 acres and build slowly. We have a house in southern-mid mi that we have been trying to sell for about 3 years so we can't afford property with a house right now until we sell our house-which will be a while at this point. It would be great to find something with a small cabin even if we had to gut it. I have seen a few things in between South bordman and TC that look like possibilities. We will take a few weekends once the weather is better and come an check it all out.
post #23 of 42
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Jennifer3141, I totally agree with you--that's exactly why we want to rent first! We haven't spent much time in TVC at all (other than airport runs and quick stops at Oryana) and want to get to know it first. In the past few years, we've gone through many of the changes you've mentioned. Once upon a time I thought I wanted to settle in some secluded, picturesque place in the woods. But I've since learned that I wouldn't be happy there: the last place we lived (in a wooded area) was WAY too dank and dark (it was never summertime at our house); and the place before that was isolated from other families and town activities. Like you, I need to be near some action and have other kids for ds to play with. Picturesque is great, but I'd rather have other people around and not have to commute to everything.

You've made me even more excited about coming there. Thanks!

Kelly
I'm excited for you to come, Kelly!

The first house DH wanted to rent/buy 3 years ago here was 40 minutes up OMP. It was a gorgeous location but there was only 1 other house in this teeny subdivision that was occupied beyond August. And he looked like the unabomber.

I like where we live, but the property is too small. No room for goats, let alone the cow I want to rescue someday! I'd love to live in Northport but that would be a 40 minute drive for DH to work in good weather, not practical.
post #24 of 42
Yes, yes, look around everywhere!!

We're in Williamsburg (btwn TC & Kalkaska). We thought we'd love it and I haaaaaaate it. (just ask krista - i think i complain about it every time i see her ).

There is an awesome network of crunchified mamas up here. We all seem to cross paths eventually (many of us continually). Definitely let us all know when you're in town. A babywearer's mtg or LLL mtg would be a nice low-key way for you to ease into "the scene" as it were.
post #25 of 42
Nessa, I've wondered about Williamsburg. DH and I laugh about Yuba. I want to like in Yuba someday so I can be Yuban. But we can't actually find Yuba beyond the one sign there.

What haven't you liked about Williamsburg?
post #26 of 42
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I'm excited for you to come, Kelly!

The first house DH wanted to rent/buy 3 years ago here was 40 minutes up OMP. It was a gorgeous location but there was only 1 other house in this teeny subdivision that was occupied beyond August. And he looked like the unabomber.

I like where we live, but the property is too small. No room for goats, let alone the cow I want to rescue someday! I'd love to live in Northport but that would be a 40 minute drive for DH to work in good weather, not practical.
Wow, I already feel like I have friends in TVC, and I haven't even gotten there yet! Thanks for making me feel so welcome.

I just looked up OMP and realize what you're talking about. We saw a house for rent up there and my dh and I thought the same thing about it being too far removed. I looked on the map for Northport, too. What's it like up there? I can't wait to explore the area.

We have a dream of building our own homestead and having some animals, too. But we've been so transient that we don't even have a pet. Nary a fish, even. But we read things like Mother Earth News and Back Home Magazine and keep the dream alive. The last issue of MEN had some great stories of people who're living sustainably on varying amounts of property. One guy has perfected his building practice so the last house he put together was done in 10 days for $10,000. It's cute, too! Most of it was constructed using odd pieces of wood cut from the property (he's an artist more than anything and even builds cool furniture from trees that no one would think of using for anything other than firewood). Another family is growing about 6,000 pounds of food in CA (Pasadena, I think) on 1/10 of an acre. They're using every inch of space, including vertical. It's so inspiring.

I hope you find your perfect spot.

Kelly
post #27 of 42
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Yes, yes, look around everywhere!!

We're in Williamsburg (btwn TC & Kalkaska). We thought we'd love it and I haaaaaaate it. (just ask krista - i think i complain about it every time i see her ).

There is an awesome network of crunchified mamas up here. We all seem to cross paths eventually (many of us continually). Definitely let us all know when you're in town. A babywearer's mtg or LLL mtg would be a nice low-key way for you to ease into "the scene" as it were.
I'll definitely let you know when we get settled somewhere. Can I bring a 5-year-old to LLL or a babywearer's mtg? He's on the small side, but he definitely can't fit in the sling anymore!

Kelly
post #28 of 42
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Hi everyone,
I was wondering if anyone can recommend their pediatrician. The doctor that the previous poster (Carrin) recommended looks good, but I'd love to get some other names as well. My son is on the spectrum and has multiple medical issues; I'd like a doctor who will respect our decision not to vax and be open to natural and/or alternative healing. My son is being treated by several specialists, but we need someone to coordinate it all and to take care of the more acute problems.

Thanks, Kelly
post #29 of 42
Ex, I want to get together with you like crazy now. My DS is on the spectrum too. We're doing nothing right now, except for what I do at home. Suffice it to say that I have been deeply disappointed by the treatment options in TC. Wow. Bad.

So we go to GR for healthcare mostly. I do sort of have a pediatrician here in town for emergencies but for regular checkups, we go back to GR. We have a condo there as well.

And I'm partial to Northport because my dream house is there. It's pretty darn distant though. We'd have to have a whole farm to keep us busy enough.
And it would be a very long drive to one of our favorite farms then - Pon Hill Farms in Harbor Springs.
post #30 of 42
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Hi Jen (is that what you go by?), I should have known by your "aut-some" signature that we had this in common, too! Ugh, I'm sorry to hear about the lack of good docs in TC. We see a DAN doc and GI doc for the big stuff, but I really want someone close by who at least knows something about kids on the spectrum. Maybe I'll call the family doctor that the previous poster recommended. How far is GR? You'll have to tell me about the docs you found down there.

My husband is from Harbor Springs, and we were living up there until last fall. We spent lots of time at Pond Hill! It was fun to spend an afternoon wandering around and looking at the animals. Did you see that they started a communal garden last year? We got a small plot, but our gardening skills are lacking, to say the least. I think we ended up with a couple heads of lettuce. The bugs ate everything else. If you're talking about having a whole farm, you must have some gardening talents. I definitely need to hang out with you--maybe it'll rub off on me!
post #31 of 42
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We have a dream of building our own homestead and having some animals, too. But we've been so transient that we don't even have a pet. Nary a fish, even. But we read things like Mother Earth News and Back Home Magazine and keep the dream alive. The last issue of MEN had some great stories of people who're living sustainably on varying amounts of property. One guy has perfected his building practice so the last house he put together was done in 10 days for $10,000. It's cute, too! Most of it was constructed using odd pieces of wood cut from the property (he's an artist more than anything and even builds cool furniture from trees that no one would think of using for anything other than firewood). Another family is growing about 6,000 pounds of food in CA (Pasadena, I think) on 1/10 of an acre. They're using every inch of space, including vertical. It's so inspiring.

I hope you find your perfect spot.

Kelly
That is quite inspiring. We would love to do something that sustainable, I just wonder if we could pull it off or if we would end up with half of a gnome home and have to give it up!

We are tossing around ideas about starting a CSA or cow/goat milk shares or herb farm.
Anyone have anything you are missing up there and would like to see close by? Let me know I'd love more inspirational ideas.
post #32 of 42
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. DH is off theis week so we've been "adventuring" every.single.day. I'm exhausted!

Most of my friends call me Jen.

GR is about 100 miles south of TC. It's mostly highway driving and like I said, we kept our condo there so for me, it's no big deal to go down and spend the day and/or night there.

I did see the communal gardens at Pond Hill. We helped an elderly lady one day pull some weeds. Every year, I buy hanging baskets there. And we have so many that I have to get them in two trips now. But there isn't anyplace in TC that makes hanging baskets as beautiful as theirs.

I'm a newbie gardener but I'm getting there! And hey, TC has a community garden too. Plots are filling up fast though. Let me know if you have any interest adn I'll mention it at the meeting on Monday night.

Other than all that, how is the house search going??
post #33 of 42
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That is quite inspiring. We would love to do something that sustainable, I just wonder if we could pull it off or if we would end up with half of a gnome home and have to give it up!

We are tossing around ideas about starting a CSA or cow/goat milk shares or herb farm.
Anyone have anything you are missing up there and would like to see close by? Let me know I'd love more inspirational ideas.
I'd love to have access to raw milk. We have digestive problems at our house, and I've heard so many people say that they didn't heal until they added raw milk to their diet. Running a CSA would be so fun, I would think, especially if it's one of those that encourages help from members. What a great way to make friends and build community!

Kelly
post #34 of 42
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I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. DH is off theis week so we've been "adventuring" every.single.day. I'm exhausted!

Most of my friends call me Jen.

GR is about 100 miles south of TC. It's mostly highway driving and like I said, we kept our condo there so for me, it's no big deal to go down and spend the day and/or night there.

I did see the communal gardens at Pond Hill. We helped an elderly lady one day pull some weeds. Every year, I buy hanging baskets there. And we have so many that I have to get them in two trips now. But there isn't anyplace in TC that makes hanging baskets as beautiful as theirs.

I'm a newbie gardener but I'm getting there! And hey, TC has a community garden too. Plots are filling up fast though. Let me know if you have any interest adn I'll mention it at the meeting on Monday night.

Other than all that, how is the house search going??
Oh yeah, those hanging baskets are beautiful! I love going out there in the summertime just to see them. Are you getting a plot in the TC community garden? My first thought is to try and reserve one, too, but I'll bet that by the time we get settled and get all of our stuff unpacked (it's in storage right now), and find our way around, it'll be half way through summer. It'd be one thing if I knew how to garden already! I'd probably better stick with some container gardening for this year and see how I do. Surely I can get a pot of herbs to grow, right?

We're not finding a lot in our online search for a house--things are either too small, too expensive, or too far out of town. I'm thinking we might have to do what we did in Harbor Springs--drive around until we find a house for sale that we like and ask the owners if they'd like to rent it instead. Or maybe the perfect thing will just pop onto the market before we get there. Let me know if you hear of any great 3+ bed/1.5+ bath houses in a nice neighborhood with lots of families around!

Kelly
post #35 of 42
Technically, I've got two plots. One for my family and then the HS community has one too and I hope to utilize that one also, depending upon everyone else's paricipation. So you wouldn't be alone out there.

We use Pond Hill's baskets to kind of frame our backyard. They do look good.

And I would LOVE to have a raw milk supplier up here. There are some cheeses I just can't do because I use Shetler's milk. I'd like to try the raw!
post #36 of 42
Kelly, hope that your house hunting goes better. I am sure that you will find something soon.
I am really glad to see interest in raw milk. Once you have raw you will never want to go back, we wouldn't be without it. MMM... raw milk makes the best cheese, butter, buttermilk, yougurt :
Off to shop for Jerseys!!!
Morgan
post #37 of 42
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We're packing up today and heading out tomorrow for Michigan! We'll make a stop in Cleveland and then be in TC on Sunday. I'll be in touch by email when we get there and give you my cell phone. We've got a few houses to look at--maybe I can run the areas past you and see if you could give us thoughts about the neighborhoods?

Talk to you soon! Kelly
post #38 of 42
Kelly, Welcome to TC when you get here!! I hope you find some awesome places to chose from.
post #39 of 42
Sorry, I forgot to sub to this thread.

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Nessa, I've wondered about Williamsburg. DH and I laugh about Yuba. I want to like in Yuba someday so I can be Yuban. But we can't actually find Yuba beyond the one sign there.

What haven't you liked about Williamsburg?
Oh, mostly the 30 minutes each way "commute" any time I want to do something in town. My parents live at chum's and dave's parents live on the peninsula, so it's just *that* much too far for a casual drop in (both for us stopping by them and them stopping by us - they are never just "in the neighborhood" out this way).

I also LOATHE M-72. :

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I'll definitely let you know when we get settled somewhere. Can I bring a 5-year-old to LLL or a babywearer's mtg? He's on the small side, but he definitely can't fit in the sling anymore!

Kelly
Absolutely!
post #40 of 42
I like driving M-72 but that's because I don't have to.
Wait. M-72 is the road to Empire, right? Where the heck is Williamsburg again?? I hate all the "M" roads up here. Numbers fly right out of my head and then I get disoriented. Give the highways some real dang names, people!

I live on Bayshore Drive, which is *I think* M-22 on maps. Sometimes my boxes come from Fed Ex with "M-22" scrawled all over them.
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